The Corinthian Correspondence – NBST 618

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An expositional study of the two letters of Paul to Corinth. Special attention is directed to discovering the major doctrinal themes developed by Paul and how these are applied to the numerous personal and institutional problems of the first century Gentile church.




First and Second Corinthians contain some of Paul’s most extensive instructions relating to life in the local church as well as some of his most detailed treatment of several foundational Christian doctrines such as the resurrection. It is important that students be aware of the key theological contributions of the Corinthians as well as the many issues, problems, and areas of concerns that have faced Christian scholars in the study of these epistles.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify the key themes addressed in Corinthians.
  2. Discuss the problems of the church at Corinth.
  3. Evaluate the discussions of additional letters of Paul to Corinth.
  4. Identify and examine key passages of the letters to Corinth.
  5. Explain the historical context and background of Paul’s letters to the Corinthian church.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E )

Book Reflection Paper

The student will write a 1800–2400-word reflection paper in current Turabian format that discusses insights learned from the book A Week in the Life of Corinth. The objective of this assignment is not to summarize the book’s content. Rather, the student is to share what he/she has learned from the book regarding the society of first-century Corinth and Paul’s ministry to the Corinthians. (Outcomes: B, E)

Research Paper

The student will write a 3000–4500-word research-oriented paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a topic related to 1 or 2 Corinthians. The paper must include at least 7 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks in which it is assigned. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes; contain 30 multiple-choice, true/false, and short answer questions; and have a 1-hour time limit. Each exam may be taken twice. The first attempt must be taken before the appropriate deadline. The second attempt may be taken at any point thereafter. (Outcomes: A, B, C, D, E)